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Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371856/three-scientific-controversies-to-engage-students-in-reading-primary-literature
#1
D J Brasier
In this review, three sets of papers are presented. Each of the sets presents a historical or active controversy in neuroscience ranging from cell biology and cell signaling, to developmental neuroscience, to cognitive neuroscience. The first set captures a historical controversy about whether the beta/gamma subunit of G-proteins can be active in opening ion channels. The second set represents a modern instantiation of the oldest debate in neuroscience: are our minds and brains the product of innate factors or environmental influences...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371855/a-guerilla-guide-to-common-problems-in-neurostatistics-essential-statistical-topics-in-neuroscience
#2
REVIEW
Paul F Smith
Effective inferential statistical analysis is essential for high quality studies in neuroscience. However, recently, neuroscience has been criticised for the poor use of experimental design and statistical analysis. Many of the statistical issues confronting neuroscience are similar to other areas of biology; however, there are some that occur more regularly in neuroscience studies. This review attempts to provide a succinct overview of some of the major issues that arise commonly in the analyses of neuroscience data...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371854/for-the-fun-of-it
#3
EDITORIAL
Bruce R Johnson
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2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371853/the-university-of-ibadan-grass-foundation-workshop-in-neuroscience-teaching
#4
Rhonda Dzakpasu, Bruce R Johnson, James O Olopade
The University of Ibadan/Grass Foundation Workshop in Neuroscience Teaching (March 31st to April 2nd , 2017) in Ibadan, Nigeria was sponsored by the Grass Foundation as a "proof of principle" outreach program for young neuroscience faculty at Nigerian universities with limited educational and research resources. The workshop's goal was to introduce low cost equipment for student lab exercises and computational tutorials that could enhance the teaching and research capabilities of local neuroscience educators...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371852/devising-a-method-to-study-if-wernicke-s-aphasia-patients-are-aware-that-they-do-not-comprehend-language-or-speak-it-understandably
#5
Kasondra Hartman, Amanda Peluzzo, Sharon Shadani, Ian Chellquist, Samuel Weprin, Halley Hunt, Sarah Smith-Benjamin, Eric L Altschuler
Wernicke's Aphasia (WA) is characterized by an individual speaking fluent gibberish without the ability to understand anything that is said to them or anything they attempt to read. It is caused by damage to the left posterior temporoparietal cortex, also known as Wernicke's area. An additional intriguing symptom of WA patients is their apparent obliviousness to their own lack of understanding despite their intact reasoning or other cognitive abilities. Their only deficit seems to be in the basic rules of language that define word meaning, also known as phonology...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371851/after-p-values-the-new-statistics-for-undergraduate-neuroscience-education
#6
Robert J Calin-Jageman
Statistical inference is a methodological cornerstone for neuroscience education. For many years this has meant inculcating neuroscience majors into null hypothesis significance testing with p values. There is increasing concern, however, about the pervasive misuse of p values. It is time to start planning statistics curricula for neuroscience majors that replaces or de-emphasizes p values. One promising alternative approach is what Cumming has dubbed the "New Statistics", an approach that emphasizes effect sizes, confidence intervals, meta-analysis, and open science...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371850/using-case-studies-to-promote-student-engagement-in-primary-literature-data-analysis-and-evaluation
#7
Denise R Cook-Snyder
Analyzing and evaluating primary literature data is a common learning objective in undergraduate neuroscience courses. However, students with more clinically focused career goals often dismiss the relevance of evaluating basic neuroscience literature. Here, we describe using case studies to promote student engagement in primary literature in a cellular and molecular neuroscience course. Two example literature-based case studies are provided: Untwisting Pretzel Syndrome, a neurodevelopment case exploring synapse formation in a pretzel syndrome patient, and The Trials of ALS, a neurodegeneration case exploring axon degeneration and repair in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371849/an-integrative-approach-to-stem-concepts-in-an-introductory-neuroscience-course-gains-in-interdisciplinary-awareness
#8
Alo C Basu, Michelle A Mondoux, Jessica L Whitt, André K Isaacs, Tomohiko Narita
Neuroscience is an integrative discipline for which students must achieve broad-based proficiency in many of the sciences. We are motivated by the premise that student pursuit of proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be supported by awareness of the application of knowledge and tools from the various disciplines for solving complex problems. We refer to this awareness as "interdisciplinary awareness." Faculty from biology, chemistry, mathematics/computer science, physics, and psychology departments contributed to a novel integrative introductory neuroscience course with no pre-requisites...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371848/front-and-back-flipping-for-neurobiology-developing-a-hybrid-upper-division-lab-course
#9
André O White, Lauren K Javier, Natalie R Goldberg, Veronique Boucquey, Julia Overman, Joseph Ochaba, Samuel Marsh, Derek Huffman, Andrea Nicholas
Flipped instruction using online enrichment is a popular way to enhance active learning in the laboratory setting. Graduate student teaching assistants at University of California, Irvine flipped an upper division undergraduate neurobiology and behavior lab using the new online software platform " Rocketmix. " The following research study compares the impact of pre-lab online instruction (front flipping) and post-lab online instruction (back flipping) on student exam performance. We describe a novel method for unbiased categorization of exam questions by degree of difficulty...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371847/interviewing-neuroscientists-for-an-undergraduate-honors-project
#10
Catalina Montiel, John Meitzen
Honors projects that supplement standard coursework are a widely used practice in undergraduate curricula. These projects can take many forms, ranging from laboratory research projects to performing service learning to literature analyses. Here we discuss an honors project focused on interviewing neuroscientists to learn about individual scientific practice and career paths, and synthesizing the resulting information into a personal reflection essay. We detail step-by-step instructions for performing this type of project, including how to develop interview questions, a sample project timeline, deliverables, learning objectives and outcomes, and address potential pitfalls...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371846/learning-experimental-design-through-targeted-student-centric-journal-club-with-screencasting
#11
Bradley S Carter, David E Hamilton, Robert C Thompson
Knowledge and application of experimental design principles are essential components of scientific methodology, and experience with these skills is fundamental for participating in scientific research. However, undergraduates often enter the research laboratory with little training in designing and interpreting their own experiments. In the context of a research university laboratory, we designed a journal club training exercise to address this need. Students were instructed on methods for interpreting scientific literature using a screencast, a digital recording of a slide presentation narrated by an instructor...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371845/integrating-brain-science-into-health-studies-an-interdisciplinary-course-in-contemplative-neuroscience-and-yoga
#12
Uta Wolfe, Amy Moran
As neuroscience knowledge grows in its scope of societal applications so does the need to educate a wider audience on how to critically evaluate its research findings. Efforts at finding teaching approaches that are interdisciplinary, accessible and highly applicable to student experience are thus ongoing. The article describes an interdisciplinary undergraduate health course that combines the academic study of contemplative neuroscience with contemplative practice, specifically yoga. The class aims to reach a diverse mix of students by teaching applicable, health-relevant neuroscience material while directly connecting it to first-hand experience...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371844/teaching-with-big-data-report-from-the-2016-society-for-neuroscience-teaching-workshop
#13
William Grisham, Joshua C Brumberg, Terri Gilbert, Linda Lanyon, Robert W Williams, Richard Olivo
As part of a series of workshops on teaching neuroscience at the Society for Neuroscience annual meetings, William Grisham and Richard Olivo organized the 2016 workshop on "Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data." This article presents a summary of that workshop. Speakers provided overviews of open datasets that could be used in teaching undergraduate courses. These included resources that already appear in educational settings, including the Allen Brain Atlas (presented by Joshua Brumberg and Terri Gilbert), and the Mouse Brain Library and GeneNetwork (presented by Robert Williams)...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371843/characterizing-the-undergraduate-neuroscience-major-in-the-u-s-an-examination-of-course-requirements-and-institution-program-associations
#14
Kira M Pinard-Welyczko, Anna C S Garrison, Raddy L Ramos, Bradley S Carter
Neuroscience is a rapidly expanding field, and many colleges and universities throughout the country are implementing new neuroscience degree programs. Despite the field's growth and popularity, little data exists on the structural character of current undergraduate neuroscience programs. We collected and examined comprehensive data on existing undergraduate neuroscience programs, including academic major requirements and institution characteristics such as size, financial resources, and research opportunities...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371842/using-action-mapping-to-design-a-non-majors-neuroeconomics-course-to-teach-first-year-collegiate-skills
#15
Catherine L Franssen, George S Lowry, R Adam Franssen
With its ability to address questions about how decisions are made and why, neuroeconomics is an excellent topic of study for college students at a variety of levels. In this paper we detail a neuroeconomics course specifically modified for undecided First-year students. One particularly daunting challenge was defining clear outcomes and delivering instruction at an appropriate level. We used Action-Mapping to achieve the course objectives of teaching collegiate skills applicable to any path of study or career while also delivering content suitable for credits in both a social science and natural science...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371841/-brevity-is-the-soul-of-wit-use-of-a-stepwise-project-to-teach-concise-scientific-writing
#16
Nicole E Cyr
Skillful writing is essential for professionals in science and medicine. Consequently, many undergraduate institutions have adjusted their curriculum to include in-depth instruction and practice in writing for students majoring in the sciences. In neuroscience, students are often asked to write a laboratory report in the style of a primary scientific article or a term paper structured like a review article. Typically, students write section by section and build up to the final draft of a complete paper. In this way, students learn how to write a scientific paper...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371840/cartoon-network-a-tool-for-open-ended-exploration-of-neural-circuits
#17
Robert J Calin-Jageman
Cartoon Network is an open-source simulator for neural circuits. It was designed to provide a microworld for the playful exploration of neural networks (similar to the niche Logo/Scratch fills for computer programming). The simulator makes it easy to construct and experiment with closed-loop circuits, enabling students to explore how small sets of neurons can generate complex patterns of activity (oscillations, reverberation). Cartoon Network can be connected to the Finch robot from BirdBrain Technologies, a cheap USB robotics platform...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371839/using-the-tools-of-behavioral-neuroscience-to-determine-the-identity-of-different-mouse-strains-in-a-laboratory-course
#18
Janine M Wotton, Michael J Ferragamo
Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying behavior depends on our ability to define and to measure these behaviors in the model animal. We describe an upper-level course which provides students with hands-on experience in the methods of behavioral neuroscience. There are many well-established behavioral tests which are relatively easy for students to conduct that can be used to determine the performance of animals in such tasks as anxiety, motor performance and memory. Laboratory mice bred specifically to exhibit particular behavioral characteristics are readily available from vendors along with well documented behavioral profiles for these strains...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371838/an-attitudinal-survey-of-undergraduate-neuroscience-students-regarding-their-views-on-the-relevance-of-lectures-to-their-education
#19
Gerard W O'Keeffe, Aideen M Sullivan, Marian M McCarthy
Advances in technology have seen a significant growth in the integration of e-learning into university education. Coupled with this trend are the learning approaches used by "Generation Connected" or GenC students, whose prolific use of digital technology is a defining characteristic. This has resulted in questions being asked as to whether in-class university lecture time is still relevant to university education. Here we conducted a case study with a group of undergraduate neuroscience students to assess their views on the relevance of attending lectures, why they attend or the reasons for non-attendance, and on what makes a good lecture...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29371837/measuring-salivary-alpha-amylase-in-the-undergraduate-neuroscience-laboratory
#20
Maria S Bañuelos, Aya Musleh, Lisa E Olson
Undergraduate courses in biopsychology, neuroscience, and physiology often include laboratory exercises that examine responses to stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system with measurements of heart rate, blood pressure, or galvanic skin levels (sweat response). A newer bioindicator of the sympathetic nervous system is salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) measured with a colorimetic enzyme assay. Undergraduate students successfully measured a rise in sAA due to the stress of giving a class presentation (n=13). Students were enthusiastic to measure a physiological response to a real-life anxiety-producing situation...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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